Josephine County Parks:
125 Ringuette Street
Grants Pass, OR 97527
Josephine County has some of the most beautiful parks in the Pacific Northwest. All but one camping park is located on the world famous Rogue River. The Rogue River has world class salmon and steelhead fishing as well as white water rafting. The parks accommodations range from primitive camping to modern RV camping and tent sites. In addition to scenic Hellgate Jet Boat excursions, there are numerous guide services available. Most of the parks have great activities such as horse shoes, disc golf, hiking, volleyball, softball and bank fishing. There are two parks that have bird sanctuaries, some ADA camp and picnic sites and ADA rest rooms. Most of the parks offer large areas for large group camping and activities.
Almeda Park provides a quiet river location, 25 “primitive” campsites, 2 group sites and boat ramp. Trailer, tent camping sites and vault toilets. This is a popular park for rafting and fishing with friendly hosts on site (May – Oct) to answer your questions. Many river floaters use this park to ready themselves on the wild section of the mighty Rogue River. The park is 15.7 miles west of Merlin on the Merlin-Galice Road.
Cathedral Hills Trail Network
This trail network located less than four miles from downtown Grants Pass. Trail surfaces are made up of natural decomposed granite that is common throughout the Grants Pass area. There is a network of designated trails but there are also many unnamed trails that biking or equestrian enthusiasts have established over the years. No motorized vehicles can be taken on the trails but dogs are OK.
Directions: The main trailhead is at the end of Espey Road which is also the road used for the Grants Pass Golf Course. From Grants Pass, take Sixth Street, the one way road heading south out of downtown and cross the bridge over the Rogue River. After the bridge, the road forks. You want to continue ahead on the right fork which will put you on the Williams Highway (Road 238). The stop light about a quarter of a mile after the fork is Highway 199. Set your odometer to zero as you cross this road and drive 2.8 miles to Espey Road on the left. Follow Espey Road for half a mile to where it ends at the trailhead.
A medium size park with 18 sites, 14 sites with water, electric, sewer and dump station, restrooms, showers, boat ramp, swimming, playground, shelter, fishing and rafting. Assistant Ranger in park to assist you.
Directions: South from Grants Pass on Redwood Hwy. 6.7 miles; right on Riverbanks Road 6.2 miles; right on Griffin Road, continue one-half mile to the park.
Events: excellent viewing for the Annual Memorial and Labor Day Hydroplane races.
Indian Mary Park
The centerpiece and showcase of the Josephine County Park system, this popular facility has 102 campsites, numerous RV hookups, showers, picnic grounds, ADA facilities, RV dumping facility, a beach, fishing access, playground, volleyball, disc golf and hiking trails. A picnic shelter and picnic areas are available to the public to reserve. Assistant Ranger and seasonal host on site to answer questions.
Directions: Take I-5 exit 61, then follow Merlin-Galice Road west to park.
Events: Rogue Valley Kennel Club May 16-17
Tom Pearce Park
A beautiful day use facility, Tom Pearce Park offers large picnic grounds, softball field, horseshoes, volleyball, disc golf course and an outstanding playground for the kids. Three picnic shelters are available for weddings, family reunions and company picnics. This park also has a handicap accessible path down to the viewpoint of the river and handicap accessible picnic tables and barbecues.
Directions: From I-5, follow Foothill Blvd. for one half mile, and turn right on Pearce Park Road and its 1.1 miles to the park.
Lake Selmac is a beautiful 160 acre lake with fishing, sailing, swimming and hiking available. This park has 91 sites, 39 with full hook ups, RV dump station, restrooms, showers, picnic shelters, ball fields,playground, and boat ramps. Assistant Ranger and seasonal hosts in park to answer questions.
Directions: From Selmac, south, half mile on Hwy. 199, left on Lake Shore Drive, continue 2.3 miles.
Resort: Lake Selmac Resort – privately owned
Events: Kids, Fishing Derby, June 7. Lake Selmac Float Fly, July 19-20. Iron Horse Rodeo, end of June, early July.
Reservation Info: Eagle, Heron, and Teal Camping Loops are first come, first serve. No reservations are taken for these areas. Reservations are only taken for Osprey and Mallard Camping Loops.
This larger park offers 31 campsites (29 with full hook ups), showers, toilets, picnic ground, reservable shelter, boat ramp and handicap fishing platform. This park also has tennis and basketball courts, ballfields and a playground. Friendly hosts in park to accommodate you.
Directions: This park is located close to Grants Pass. From Hwy 99/199 Junction, go west of Grants Pass 0.7 miles; right on Redwood Ave 1.5 miles; right on Willow Lane to Schroeder Lane, 0.9 mile.
Located five miles west of Grants Pass, Whitehorse is a large park with 44 campsites (8 with full hookups). Other amenities include showers, a boat ramp, bird sanctuary, playground, horseshoes, volleyball and hiking trails. Excellent salmon/steelhead fishing, helpful hosts to serve your needs (May-Sept).
Directions: Take “G” Street west from Grants Pass for one-half mile, then follow Upper River Road another 6.1 miles to the park.